2 arrested for using stolen church credit card

info@islandpacket.comNovember 20, 2012 

Two Beaufort women face charges for fraudulently using credit cards stolen Aug. 3 from the Baptist Church of Beaufort.

The women, ages 33 and 34, were arrested last week on charges of fraudulent financial transaction with a credit card for less than $500. The misdemeanor carries a fine of up to $1,000, up to one year in jail, or both, according to state law.

The women were arrested after the Beaufort Police Department released surveillance footage from Walmart on Ribaut Road and tips helped identify them, according to Chief Matt Clancy. Police believe they spent about $400 at the store.

One woman posted $5,000 bail Thursday, and the other posted $3,000 on Saturday, according to court records.

About $1,200 in other property also was taken from the church. The search continues for other suspects, including Joshua Leonard Reed, 31, of Lady's Island, Clancy said. Reed was named as a suspect Aug. 7 and had not been found as of Tuesday.

Those with information on the crimes can call the 24-hour dispatch line at 843-524-2777.

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